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Aug 6, 2014

New Chapter in an Unbelievable Story

"Awakening", bronze by Tim Holmes
This morning a stranger came from out of town to my studio to look at some art. In fact he's working at my Alma Mater, Rocky Mountain College. I shared some of my art and we talked about many of our mutual friends associated with RMC. When he mentioned a bronze I did years ago that few people remember any more it sparked a memory.

I told him about an amazing story that involves that bronze. It constitutes a coincidence so remarkable that I still find hard to believe. In fact I wrote about it here a couple years ago,   Read that post and then come back here to hear what he said next...

My visitor told me that he knew this story. In fact, he knew it because the sculpture's owner had since been through a terrible storm and he had to sell the sculpture to help pay for damages to his house. So he had to sell it and my visitor was the one that bought it. The Awakening had been around the world and was now back at the college where its creator had come from!

This whole story starts to sound like the Red Violin, a tale of a violin's travels through time and generations of admirers. Sometimes I feel like my art gets to have a life almost as interesting as my own.

I have three sculptures that live in the Hermitage Museum and get to see thousands more people than I will ever meet. I have sculptures in Archbishop Tutu's chapel, Switzerland's Olympics Museum, and in many, many places around the world. I wonder what other wild adventures they have had that I know nothing about...Oh the stories they could tell!
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.